Distinguished Professor Emerita
Department of Nutrition, UC Davis
Kathryn Dewey is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. She received a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Michigan in 1980 and joined the faculty at UC Davis the same year. At UC Davis, she was a co-founder of the Program in International and Community Nutrition (now the Institute for Global Nutrition) and served as its Director from 2007 to 2018. Her research focuses on maternal and child nutrition in vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on interventions to prevent malnutrition during the first 1000 days. She has led numerous randomized trials and cohort studies in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Ghana, Malawi, and Bangladesh and has produced more than 450 publications. Her professional service includes extensive consultation for WHO, UNICEF, NIH and other organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board, the WHO Guidelines Development Group on Complementary Feeding, and several technical advisory groups. Past service includes the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 2020, President of the Society for International Nutrition Research, and President of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation. She has received several prestigious awards, including the Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition, the Macy-György Award from the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation, the E.V. McCollum International Lectureship, and Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.